AFS-USA has created two distinct awards to celebrate both individual educators and schools or districts that have made global engagement and intercultural learning a part of their everyday instruction and school environment. We hope to showcase an educator and school every year that will inspire others to weave culture and global thinking into their learning environments.
AFS-USA Global Educator of the Year
Josh Amstutz, a math teacher, and Coordinator of Global Studies of the Academy of Global Studies at Winton Woods High School in Ohio, was named the 2022 AFS Global Educator of the Year. Through his work and leadership, he has set a superb example of what’s possible when you mix a global curriculum with project-based learning and a desire for students to connect internationally. His passion and enthusiasm for student exchange (physical and virtual) is certainly contagious. He is pictured between Britta Bjornlund from the U.S. Department of State (left) and Tara Hofmann, AFS-USA President and CEO (right).
AFS-USA Global School of the Year
Oconomowoc High School in Wisconsin was named the 2022 AFS-USA Global School of the Year for its deep-rooted commitment to intercultural and global awareness and competence as demonstrated by its courses, international programming, and school-wide activities. The School Principal, Jason Curtis, shares in this brief video why his school sees the value of hosting 7-10 exchange students as much more valuable than hosting just one.
Pictured from left to right: Britta Bjornlund (U.S. Department of State), Jason Curtis (Oconomowoc Principal), Carrie Schultz (Oconomowoc Counselor), Danielle Chaussee (Oconomowoc Spanish Teacher), Tara Hofmann (AFS-USA President and CEO), and Debra Bursinger (AFS Volunteer in Oconomowoc, WI).